What a great weather weekend! We spent a ton of time outdoors doing yard work and riding. John got a mini chain saw and started cutting down some shrubbery. Then came the digging out of the stumps, which was really hard work. Here is the overgrown before:
And progress made:
It is a ton of work getting this down to a clean slate. We will be removing those other shrubs as well, but the half dead ones had to go first as they were such an eyesore. I do have to say that the soil is wonderful and it makes my gardener’s heart sing to have that to work with. I don’t really have a plan quite yet for these beds, but some ideas. I would like to have some climbing roses around the front stoop, so I am going to get a couple Zephrine Drouhin, which are old-fashioned climbers that bloom in partial shade. Hopefully they will look something like this:
This landscaping is going to be years in the making. Not a bad thing about that, though.
Anyway, on to riding! We decided to go all the way to the lake on Saturday since the paths were finally cleared of snow. We are about 6 miles closer to the lake at our new house, so what used to be about a 32 mile round trip is now 19. It also cut out most of the flat part of the ride and plops us right into hills for a challenge.
It’s still pretty brown, but I think buds are starting to appear on the trees if you squint really hard.
We be biking!
The peak point of the climb.
It’s actually a little easier to get up this climb with a shorter ride in front of it. Still tough early in the season, though. Phew! This is right by the outlet malls. Later in the season this road gets backed up with traffic going to the shops. We can just skate on over it.
They freshly paved this part. The tree roots were buckling the path in this section and it was really bumpy. Now nice and smooth for riding – and taking pictures while riding!
Arrival at the lake!
There was a surprising amount of people out and about. I guess all the locals got out to the lake before the tourists get here. Only some shops are open. Most wait until Memorial Day, but not this place :
The phantom was playing on the second story. That’s him in the purple. Gotta love Lake George.
We stopped by the Lake George Baking Company for a snack and took it to sit near the lake.
The wind was actually starting to pick up pretty hard while we were here. We saw later that gusts were up to 49 mph, which seemed right. It was almost blowing us over a couple times waiting at stop lights on the way home.
We are still exploring different roads around our new place and when we took a loop home, we came across this nature preserve:
The cool thing? It’s only 1.5 miles from our house! I can’t wait to check it out. We might try doing some cross-country skiing next winter. I tried downhill and really didn’t enjoy it at all, but I did like cross-country when I tried it. Then maybe we might get outside more in the winter.
We have the hiking shoes now 😀
Not a bad ride for early in the season. It was actually about 20, but my bike computer wasn’t working for the first part of the ride. We will likely be going to the lake a lot more rather than Saratoga, especially earlier while we build the distance legs.